"As my sister is a great enthusiast of flowers and everything to do with botany, I gave her an outing to Porrentruy for her birthday. It was the ideal time since it was spring. Naturally, we went to the botanical garden above the old town, near to the Jesuit Church. The irises were full bloom: a real festival of colours, shapes and varieties (apparently there are more than 180 different types). The park next to the garden is ideal for relaxing and watching the world. We continued our tour with a visit to the greenhouses next to the Science Museum. There are various climates inside, allowing all sorts of tropical flowers, orchids and cacti to thrive. A joy to behold."
According to a decision of the parliament on 20 June 2012, the Fondation Jules Thurmann was founded in Porrentruy on 25 September 2012. This new institution bears the official name JURASSICA as a successor to the ministry of culture. The foundation integrates the tasks and activities of Paléojura and the Jurassic Museum of Natural Science with its botanical garden. Its most important purpose is to maintain the scientific tradition of the Jura by offering scientific, cultural, and touristic programs and developments.
Tuesday to Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and holidays, except for Christmas and New Year.
Adults: CHF 5.00
Senior citizens/students: CHF 3.00
Children (6 to 16): Free
The Botanic Gardens are over 200 years old and display several aspects of flora in a magnificent architectural setting. An outdoor garden is planted with more than 80 rose varieties and 180 different kinds of irises, among other plants. The greenhouses are particularly worth a visit with their remarkable collection of cacti and orchids.
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (garden)
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (greenhouses)
Good to know
JURASSICA is working on the realization of a new museum as well as the promotion of the botanical garden of Porrentruy and the setting up of research satellites on its own terrain. A new center for the administration of the collections will make it possible to host important and current historical cantonal collections in the area of science and archeology, particularly in relation with the historically important findings of the excavations at the A16.